013 The Elizabethan Lady’s Skirt or Underskirt and Forepart
Note: If you're looking for all the pieces to make a complete outfit, you may wish to purchase our Elizabethan Lady pattern instead. It contains Underskirt and Forepart patterns as well as four other garments.
The Skirt or Underskirt has straight front and back panels and triangular side gores, giving it a good amount of flare with minimal gathering or pleating at the waistband. This skirt style was worn by women of all classes. Women of the upper class were more likely to wear it as an underskirt, although it was seen worn with doublets. It can be sewn to a bodice to create a kirtle or gown, or it can be made up as a separate garment with a waistband.
The Skirt is cut wide enough to be worn over a farthingale, if desired. (see our Elizabethan Lady’s Underpinnings package).
The Forepart is a decorative panel which was worn under an open fronted skirt or gown (see our Elizabethan Overskirt and Elizabethan Comfort patterns). It can be sewn directly to the Underskirt, or made to be detachable so that several versions can use the same underskirt.
This pattern is printed on white bond paper.
Sizes 2-30 are included.
Note: These two patterns are the same as those in our now out of print Elizabethan Lady’s Wardrobe pattern, so if you have that package, you do not need to purchase this one.